Graduate Students

Graduate degrees for students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering are conferred by the Board of Trustees in August, February, and May. The deadlines to apply for graduation and submit degree requirements are published in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Graduation Date
Apply for Graduation in SIS and Generate Graduate Degree Sheet
February 2021 Cycle Opens: October 1, 2020 - Deadline: November 30, 2020
May 2021 Cycle Opens: January 15, 2021 - Deadline: February 28, 2021
August 2020 Cycle Opens: June 1, 2020 - Deadline July 31, 2020


Applying for Graduation in SIS

  1. Use the "Academics" dropdown menu and select “Apply for Graduation.” If you are not presented with the correct degree or program, please email Please note the option to apply for graduation will only be available during the open cycles noted above
  2. Return to "Apply for Graduation" and generate your Graduate Degree Sheet. Select the courses that are required for your degree, including courses that are in progress. If you received a prior graduate degree (e.g. Ph.D. candidates who received the master's), please limit your selection to courses that were not counted toward your previous degree. Your degree sheet will be forwarded to your advisor when you hit “Submit.”
  3. Enter or update your diploma name and diploma mailing address. Use the pencil icon to add or update your name or address with the “Diploma” label.

All degree candidates are required to complete the Graduate Exit Survey, including those who will remain at Tufts for another degree. Candidates will receive an email from the Office of Institutional Research with a personal link to the Graduate Exit Survey approximately 6 weeks before graduation. Survey responses are confidential.

Students completing a thesis or dissertation

Submit the required defense paperwork (linked below) by the published deadlines.

Submit your thesis/dissertation online to ProQuest/UMI. Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for a complete list of deadlines; thesis/dissertation organization and formatting guidelines; and policies regarding examining committees and details of defense.

Graduation Date 2020
ProQuest and Forms Submission Deadline
February 2020 January 6, 2020
May 2020 April 27, 2020
August 2020 August 10, 2020

Ph.D. candidates

Submit the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) online by the deadline for thesis/dissertation submission outlined in the above table. Save a copy of the certificate of completion for your records. Learn more about SED information including purpose and confidentiality. The SED is not required for OTD candidates.

Certificate candidates

Complete the electronic Recommendation for Award of a Certificate form and submit it to the advisor for your certificate program for approval. Certificates are awarded concurrently with graduate degrees in August, February, and May.